Monday, December 31, 2007

Vintage IMMEC 22-P FISHING REEL Deep Sea Big Game, Line

Vintage IMMEC 22-P FISHING REEL Deep Sea Big Game, Line - eBay (item 310011849938 end time Jan-07-08 20:35:24 PST)

Do you like old deep sea fishing reels?

This vintage Immec 22-P fishing reel is marked on the base, "Made in Japan 2902." It looks rather complicated with a button on one side, a lever and that star shape on the other. It has heavy line on it for deep sea fishing.

The dark finish is very nice, no scratches or scrapes. There's minor wear on the metal finish on the crank and the lever.

The long lever controls whether the line feeds or not. The crank clicks when you run it one way and locks when you try to turn it the other way. I don't see what the button on the left controls, but I bet you do.

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Vintage FOLDING OPERA GLASS 2.5X Coated Lens, Orig Box!

Vintage FOLDING OPERA GLASS 2.5X Coated Lens, Orig Box! - eBay (item 310011840331 end time Jan-07-08 18:40:31 PST)

Do you like attending operas?

This vintage folding opera glass is silver-toned with tan faux-leather. They open like a compact and the big lenses pop upright, ready for viewing the singers in action. The side where to look through them is marked, "Coated Lens 2.5X Made in Japan." Between the big lenses is "GHI."

The box graphic shows the opera glass with a different power notation. The graphic is a black and white photo on a red background with some red surface missing where a tag used to be. The box is marked, "Folding Opera Glass 2.5X Coated Lens."

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Vintage STETSON LIMITED EDITION MUG Cowboy Beer Stein!

Vintage STETSON LIMITED EDITION MUG Cowboy Beer Stein! - eBay (item 310011816695 end time Jan-07-08 18:30:00 PST)

Do you like cowboy collectibles?

This Stetson Limited Edition mug is ceramic decorated with colorful cowboys on horses. It's large enough for plenty of beer, tea, coffee or whatever you love. The bottom is marked, "Made in China" in English and has four Chinese symbols.

There's some crazing near the rim on both sides (see photos). Can you see this collectible adding western cowboy charm to your d├ęcor or holding your pencils on your desk?

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Vintage JET AIRPLANE HOOD ORNAMENT Chrome Plane, Mounts

Vintage JET AIRPLANE HOOD ORNAMENT Chrome Plane, Mounts - eBay (item 310011816643 end time Jan-07-08 18:15:00 PST)

Do you like old hood ornaments?

This vintage chrome jet airplane hood ornament once graced a car, but I don't know what make or model. Inside it's marked BM-16850-A.

The wings have pitting on both top and bottom. The screws and nuts are here, ready to be mounted. If you know how to shine it up, you're good to go.

Does this vintage jet plane hood ornament make you smile?

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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Vintage STANLEY LINE LEVEL in Orig Tin Litho Box, Mini!

Vintage STANLEY LINE LEVEL in Orig Tin Litho Box, Mini! - (eBay item 310011486210 end time Jan-05-08 20:25:38 PST)

Do you like old tools?

This vintage Stanley line level is in the original tin litho box. The box front says, "Stanley Line Level, Handy Dependable Rustproof." One side says, "Stanley." The back says, "Stanley Aluminum Line Level. Weighs less than 1/2 oz. Hooks made so level will not shake off line. (Patented June 11, 1929), The Stanley Rule & Level Plant, The Stanley Works." The lid says, "No. 87."

The level itself is mini and light, measuring 3 1/4" long and weighing 0.4 ounce. It says, "Stanley S.W. Made in U.S.A. No. 87, Pat. Applied For."

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Friday, December 28, 2007

Vintage 1982 E.T. LUNCH BOX, THERMOS Metal Tin Litho ET

Vintage 1982 E.T. LUNCH BOX, THERMOS Metal Tin Litho ET - (eBay item 310011239835 end time Jan-04-08 20:25:52 PST)

Do you like vintage lunch boxes?

This old tin litho lunch box and thermos feature colorful art drawings of scenes and characters from the 1982 movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. The lid says, "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial ©1982 Universal City Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved. A trademark of and licensed by Universal City Studios, Inc. Aladdin Industries Incorporated, Nashville, Tenn. 37210 USA." Similar markings appear on the thermos which holds about eight ounces--"Keeps Hot...Keeps Cold."

Under the yellow plastic handle is an image of E.T. trying to phone home. One side shows E.T. and the three children focused on floating balls that represent the solar system. The bottom panel has Gertie (young Drew Barrymore) kissing E.T. good-bye. The other side shows her with E.T. posing as one of her stuffed animals. One large panel shows the kids and E.T. on bikes flying over police cars. The other large panel shows E.T. healing Elliot's hurt finger.

Can you believe this movie came out 25 years ago? To refresh your memory on the story, characters and creators, visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E.T._the_Extra-Terrestrial
From Wikipedia:
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 science fiction film co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg, written by Melissa Mathison and starring Henry Thomas, Robert MacNaughton, Drew Barrymore, Dee Wallace and Peter Coyote. It tells the story of Elliott (played by Thomas), a lonely boy who befriends a friendly alien, dubbed E.T., who is stranded on Earth. Elliott and his siblings help the alien return home while attempting to keep it hidden from their mother and the government.

The lunch box has wear on the edges, patina on the handle clips and latch, minor dings, and some light rust where the lid and box scrape each other. The thermos looks great.

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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Vintage JAPANESE ABACUS Soroban Adding Machine in Box!

Vintage JAPANESE ABACUS Soroban Adding Machine in Box! - (eBay item 310011028013 end time Jan-03-08 20:25:22 PST)

Do you like vintage calculators?

This abacus has thirteen rods with five blond wood beads on one side and two beads on the other. They're framed in a black wooden box that's still in the original pasteboard box. The box is marked, "TFW-608 Japan" and a label on the abacus back is marked, "Four Winds, Japan" with a robed male figure.

This Japanese abacus or counting frame is also called a soroban. Believe it or not this device can be used to do functions other than counting. "Unlike the simple counting board used in elementary schools, very efficient suanpan techniques have been developed to do multiplication, division, addition, subtraction, square root and cube root operations at high speed," says Wikipedia here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abacus

People still use abacuses even with modern day calculators widely available. An article on how to use a Japanese abacus is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soroban

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Saturday, December 22, 2007

Vintage TANGA BELLS Metal Carriage Music, Sarna, India!

Vintage TANGA BELLS Metal Carriage Music, Sarna, India! - (eBay item 310009832604 end time Dec-29-07 18:15:00 PST)

Do you like bells?

These vintage Tanga Bells are 12 different sizes and shapes strung on a cord. The look like brass. The label says:
TANGA BELLS

A tanga is a one horse carriage with two wheels. It usually carries three passengers and a driver. When carrying ladies from one place to another or to a temple gathering, they pull the curtains down from all sides, so that the passers-by cannot see the ladies.

Tanga taxi is a general way of passenger conveyance through-out India. They are licensed by the local municipality.

Fancy coachmen decorate their horse's necks with various types of bells which give sweet and melodious tones to far off distances. These bells also serve as a warning to pedestrians to make way for the coming Tanga. Rich men take great pride to own their own highly decorative and fancy Tangas.

One of the Collector "Bells of Sarna"
S. S. Sarna Inc., New York 10, N.Y. Copyright 1948, Printed in India.

They sound cheerful to me and look pretty with a different design and shape in each bell.

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Friday, December 21, 2007

Vintage 1942 SEARCHLIGHT RECIPE BOOK Popular 15th Printing

Vintage 1942 SEARCHLIGHT RECIPE BOOK Popular 15th Print - (eBay item 310009825690 end time Dec-28-07 20:39:31 PST)

Do you like old cookbooks?

This vintage cookbook The Household Searchlight Recipe Book was published by The Household Magazine in Topeka, Kansas. This hardcover book is one of 100,000 copies of the fifteenth printing from 1942. The earliest printing was in 1931.

Contents are in 26 tabs:
  • Appetizers
  • Beverages
  • Breads
  • Cakes
  • Candies
  • Canning Preserving
  • Cereals
  • Cheese
  • Cookies
  • Eggs
  • Fish and Wild Game
  • Frozen Desserts
  • Fruits
  • Gelatin
  • Icings and Fillings
  • Meats
  • Pastries
  • Poultry
  • Puddings
  • Salads and Dressings
  • Sandwiches
  • Sauces
  • Soups
  • Vegetables
  • Special Suggestions
  • Index
Here are sample recipes from the Sandwiches index:
  • Apricot Horseradish Sandwiches
  • Currant Jelly Sandwiches
  • Banana Sandwiches
  • Apple Butter Sandwiches
  • Baked Bean Sandwiches
  • Potato Salad Sandwiches
  • Ginger Peanut Sandwiches
  • Beef Raisin Sandwiches
  • Liver Sandwiches
  • Weiner Sandwiches
  • Cheese Date Sandwiches
  • Cottage Cheese Sandwiches
This book was used and loved. The tabs show much thumbing, there are penciled notes written in the pages for Pastries, Salads and Dressings, and a moisture stain goes through some pages in Soups. Here and there are clipped recipes tucked into the book.

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Vintage SPUTNIK CIGAR BREATHER Keeps Cigar Lit Ashtray?

Vintage SPUTNIK CIGAR BREATHER Keeps Cigar Lit Ashtray? - (eBay item 310009657245 end time Dec-27-07 21:35:05 PST)

Do you like old smoking gear?

This vintage device is very heavy silvery metal with no maker's mark, only a small target design on the center bottom. Maybe it's an ashtray, but it looks like a sputnik and has four holes leading from the cup down through the four hollow legs.

There are two hollow tubes jutting out three sides of the bottom. The fourth side has two holes--one hollow and one seems plugged with rubber. I don't know if it's supposed to be that way or what.

The one inch long tube is where I'm supposing you place your lit cigar to keep it from going out. Perhaps the handle or bracket at the top is for tapping off your ashes.

The surface has numerous marks all over it like it's been banged around a good bit. It's small, only 3 1/2 inches high and feels like it weighs a ton, but it's 2 lbs. 1.3 oz.

Does this vintage cigar breather or whatever it is make you smile?

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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Antique NO. 2A TARGET HAWK-EYE Box Camera Eastman Kodak

Antique NO. 2A TARGET HAWK-EYE Box Camera Eastman Kodak - (eBay item 310009446632 end time Dec-26-07 21:03:27 PST)

Do you like old cameras?

This camera is marked on the film cartridge, "No. 2A Target Hawk-Eye, Made in U.S.A. by Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, N.Y., Patented in U.S.A. 1,169,882, 1,176,329, 1,494,719, Pat. Pending. Printed in U.S.A. No. 45547."

It also says, "Use Kodak Film V116 or 116. Use Kodak Film in the Yellow Box. It gets the picture." Another label suggest you give your film to a master photo dealer for expert photo finishing.

The camera is covered in black paper textured like leather and has two view finders for portrait and landscape photos. The film advance crank is marked, "Use Kodak Film 116."

To disassemble, pull out the film advance crank, lift the screw at the front end of the leather strap, grasp the camera front at each side and pull forward. The shutter lever still works and two sliding tabs control other settings. The spool in the film cartridge is wooden.

I can't see through the landscape viewer at all. There's dirt in the portrait viewer, but light gets through. One film reel guide is bent.

Does this vintage box camera make you smile?

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Vintage THE CHICAGO Old Cast Iron Tool Riveter? Emboss?

Vintage THE CHICAGO Old Cast Iron Tool Riveter? Emboss? - (eBay item 310009420712 end time Dec-26-07 17:25:04 PST)

Do you like old cast iron tools?

This vintage cast iron tool is a mystery to me. Is it a snap setter or riveter or what? It's marked, "The Chicago, Pat Apld For." The other side says, "7." Not too informative. Is it an embosser with the seals missing?

Why does it have a part that looks like an anvil? That makes me think it might be a shoemaker's tool for installing eyelets. The handle moves completely out of the way, perhaps for hammering the eyelets down good and tight on the anvil end.

There's not much of the original shiny black finish left. The handle moves easily and compresses the two cylindrical parts together.

Does this vintage cast iron mystery tool make you smile?

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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Vintage HORROCKS-IBBOTSON Cork Handle Collapsible Rod!

Vintage HORROCKS-IBBOTSON Cork Handle Collapsible Rod! - (eBay item 310009257504 end time Dec-25-07 20:05:37 PST)

Do you like old fishing rods?

This vintage Horrocks-Ibbotson cork handle collapsible fishing rod is marked, "No. 1916 Horrocks-Ibbotson Co., Utica, New York, Made in U.S.A."

The reel has line in it that's tied in a loop through the line guides as if to keep the rod from telescoping out before the next fishing trip. I show the rod expanded as far as it will while still tied.

The telescoping works easily. One end of the reel handle rubs the reel. The cork handles were very dirty and have been gently scraped clean.

Does this vintage cork rod make you smile?

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Vintage BAYUK PHILADELPHIA PERFECTO Tin Litho Cigar Box

Vintage BAYUK PHILADELPHIA PERFECTO Tin Litho Cigar Box - (eBay item 310009234282 end time Dec-25-07 17:01:13 PST)

Do you like old cigar boxes?

This vintage metal cigar box says, "Bayuk Philadelphia Perfecto Hand Made" on the lid. The lithographic designs on the sides and bottom repeat those words in red, black and gold borders and wood-grain centers.

Inside, the lid says, "Bayuk Philadelphia Hand Made Perfecto, 10 Cent--It's Ripe Tobacco! Manufactured by Bayuk Cigars Inc., Philadelphia, Pa. copyright Bayuk Cigars Incorporated, 1925."

The fine print on the box front says, "The cigars herein contained were manufactured to retail at more than eight cents each and not more than fifteen cents each and are so tax paid."

There's a liner in the bottom of very stiff paper or light cardboard covering the rusted tin bottom of the cigar box. The bottom has a small hole drilled in each corner that look like they were made by the manufacturer. Not shown in the photos is a hooked arm on the left to lock the lid in an upright position through a slot in the lid edge.

There are many scrapes all over and some stains on the lid, not surprising in a tin box this old. The bottom has much wear and rust. The lid has a few minor dents, good hinges and closes easily when you push in the front a bit.

Do the vintage graphics on this tin cigar box make you smile?

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Sunday, December 16, 2007

Vintage BUGLER CIGARETTE ROLLING MACHINE Old Kit, Box!

Vintage BUGLER CIGARETTE ROLLING MACHINE Old Kit, Box! - (eBay item 310008814815 end time Dec-23-07 19:12:56 PST)

This Bugler Cigarette Rolling Machine is a complete kit in the original box with a 1992 postage mark on it. There are four parts: the cigarette rolling device, two plastic containers for your tobacco and/or assembled cigarettes, and a packet of cigarette paper.

The packet of paper is marked "32 Leaves Job one-point-two-five Cigarette Paper, Sole Distributors U.S.A., Republic Tobacco Co., Chicago, Illinois 60640."

It looks like someone may have used some paper as the packet is open. One of the blue plastic containers had a couple flakes of tobacco in it. The red flexible plastic part of the roller has some darkening.

See more photos of the Bugler Cigarette Rolling Machine on eBay.

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Saturday, December 15, 2007

1917 Vintage UNITED STATES RIFLE Cal .30 Model 1903 HC!

1917 Vintage UNITED STATES RIFLE Cal .30 Model 1903 HC! - (eBay item 310008382189 end time Dec-21-07 21:59:29 PST)

This skinny hardcover Description and Rules for the Management of the United States Rifle Caliber .30, Model of 1903 was published by the Government Printing Office in 1917. "This manual is published for the information and government of the Regular Army and National Guard of the United States. By order of the Secretary of War: William Crozier, Brigadier General, Chief of Ordnance."

Everything you could ever want to know about the 1903 Caliber .30 rifle is in these 78 pages plus two blueprints. I'm not sure, it the blueprints seem to be how to build the wood parts and construct the gun.

There's a two page list of the ninety-three component parts of the rifle. Diagrams galore fill the pages with explanations of all the parts. Even the cartridges are analyzed in pictures and text. There are charts and tables on range, wind effects, penetration, angles of departure, elevation and temperature effects, dangerous spaces and more.

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Friday, December 14, 2007

Sixties Vintage USAF BALSA AIRPLANE KIT New in Package!

Sixties Vintage USAF BALSA AIRPLANE KIT New in Package! - (eBay item 310008369932 end time Dec-21-07 19:49:03 PST)

This vintage balsa airplane kit is in a plastic sleeve that's never been opened. The plane is marked, "USAF, 25 cents" and has simple graphics and slots for the wings and tail.

The old plane could make a great stocking stuffer for the right person. Judging from the price, it might be a great reminder of childhood days in the sixties.

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BOLD COLOR STRIPES CROCHET COVERLET Hand Made Afghan!

BOLD COLOR STRIPES CROCHET COVERLET Hand Made Afghan! - (eBay item 310008134485 end time Dec-18-07 21:47:44 PST)

This hand-made crochet coverlet has bold colorful stripes with cream chain trim. It's 100% polyester yarn made by my friend who crochets about 60 mph. She usually makes coverlets from whatever yarn colors she has on hand. This blanket, large afghan or throw or lap robe is shown on a single bed.

This one has a dainty picot edging in cream. The stitching is solid for maximum warmth and no catching of fingers and toes in crochet holes. It's a sweet, homey item to warm up your decor and snuggle up in for a nap or TV watching.

This coverlet is made of polyester worsted-weight yarn and is machine washable. You can feel extra warm knowing half of the proceeds from this auction goes to Doctors Without Borders.

Can you imagine this bit of hand-crocheted warmth in your home? See more photos on eBay.

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Stainless BIRTH CERTIFICATE TUBE Engraved Scroll Holder

Stainless BIRTH CERTIFICATE TUBE Engraved Scroll Holder - (eBay item 310008110206 end time Dec-20-07 20:02:16 PST)

This stainless steel tube engraved with baby theme designs holds a parchment-type scroll Baby Birth Record. It has room to fill in the baby's birth details and a photograph. The outside of the tube says, "Birth Certificate" and has a banner with room to engrave the baby's name.

Both ends of the tube have a teddy bear design. That same teddy bear appears on the tube itself, along with balloons, a baby block, a stork, a rocking horse and the Birth Certificate banner, with little flowers scattered everywhere.

The metal is satiny smooth. The designs are outlines impressed in the metal and colored black to show up. It opens and closes smoothly with a nice seal feel due to the plastic inner sleeve. There's a hunter green bow near the join.

Does this birth certificate baton container make you smile? See more photos on eBay.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Vintage EIGHT SWANS PLANTER Ceramic 5 In High Oval! - (eBay item 310007394702 end time Dec-18-07 18:18:42 PST)

Vintage EIGHT SWANS PLANTER Ceramic 5 In High Oval! - (eBay item 310007394702 end time Dec-18-07 18:18:42 PST)

This vintage ceramic planter has eight swans in a circle with their necks arched and their wings spread a bit. The bottom is marked, "Bee." The white glaze has a hint of iridescence showing slight pink and green hues.

The planter is seven inches long and five inches high. There's a chip missing from the bottom edge (see photo).

Do these eight swans make you smile? See more photos on eBay.

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M&M's SNOWBALL ORNAMENT Red is Santa, Yellow is Rudolph

M&M's SNOWBALL ORNAMENT Red is Santa, Yellow is Rudolph - (eBay item 310007763795 end time Dec-19-07 19:51:51 PST)

This M&M's Snowball Christmas ornament features Red as Santa in his sleigh and Yellow as Rudolph. They're on top of a snowy red ball and have a red cord to hang the ornament. Cute!

The original box says, "Includes a 5.30 oz. bag of 'M&M's'® Chocolate Candies!" and shows how the top lifts off to reveal the candy. But I opened it and the candy is gone. No matter. Fill the snowball up again and again!

The ball itself will sit on a table. It's marked, "CE ©Mars Inc., 'M&M's', 'M' and the M&M's characters are registered trademark of Mars Incorporated. Made in China."

Does this M&M's ornament make you smile? See more photos on eBay.

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Sunday, December 9, 2007

Vintage CLIP-ON SUNGLASSES Engraved Metal Rims, Case!

Vintage CLIP-ON SUNGLASSES Engraved Metal Rims, Case! - (eBay item 310006697721 end time Dec-16-07 18:49:01 PST)

These vintage clip-on sunglasses have fancy engraved or embossed design around the metal rims that might be brass. There's no design on the bar that connects the lenses. They're flexible and measure four and a half inches wide when straightened out. I see no maker's mark.

The lenses are 39 mm high and 42 mm wide. The nose width is about 2 cm wide when the glasses are straightened out fully. The clips will fit around glasses up to 6 mm thick.

There's a half inch minor scratch in the green (Polarized?) covering on the left lens at the center top. The right lens has several smaller scratches in the middle. I didn't see them until I took a close look for condition.

The case is metal covered with shiny textured black fabric or paper with wine velvet lining. They say, "Kennedy Optical Co., Optical Specialists, Franklin - Oil City - Warren, PA."

Do these old clip-ons make you smile? See more photos on eBay.

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Vintage Blue GRANITEWEAR BERRY BUCKET W/ LID Sm. Pail!

Vintage Blue GRANITEWEAR BERRY BUCKET W/ LID Sm. Pail! - (eBay item 310006409069 end time Dec-16-07 18:30:00 PST)

This vintage blue granitewear berry bucket with lid has a speckled finish and royal blue trim. I see no maker's mark anywhere.

It stands four inches high without the lid, about five and a half inches high with the lid. The bail handle stands up four inches above the rim.

Does this vintage berry bucket make you smile? See more photos on eBay.

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Saturday, December 8, 2007

Vintage Alum WOODPECKER TOOTHPICK HOLDER Picks Up Picks

Vintage Alum WOODPECKER TOOTHPICK HOLDER Picks Up Picks - (eBay item 310006118905 end time Dec-14-07 21:26:19 PST)

This vintage cast aluminum woodpecker toothpick holder moves to pick up a toothpick for you when you push down on his head. There's a sewing machine needle glued into his beak that stabs a pick in the hollow "log."

The underside is embossed, "Morton Grove Products." At least I think that's what it says. It's a bit hard to make out the second word.

The paint on the log is worn off all the high points. The woodpecker still has almost all his color.

Do this animated woodpecker toothpick holder and picker-upper make you smile? See more photos on eBay.

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Friday, December 7, 2007

Vintage HEDDON ARBOGAST KAUTZKY FLATFISH LURES Orig Box

Vintage HEDDON ARBOGAST KAUTZKY FLATFISH LURES Orig Box - (eBay item 310005804910 end time Dec-13-07 20:47:49 PST)

These seven vintage fishing lures come to you in their original boxes with booklets for most of them. There are really eight lures, because one box has two lures in it. The lot of them is in a tin candy box with a rainbow trout design.

The lures info:
  • 5 lures are Fly-Rod Flatfish from Helin Tackle Company, Detroit 7, Michigan
    • Size F2 Black 1 1/8" long, single hook, with booklet, $1.10 sticker
    • Size F2 White 1" long, single hook, with booklet, $1.10 sticker
    • Size F3 Black 1 3/8" long, triple hook (in same box as previous lure)
    • Size F2 Silver 1 1/8" long, single hook, with booklet, extra line connector, $1.10 sticker
    • Size F6 Black 2 1/8" long, 2 triple hooks, no booklet, $1.10 sticker
  • Heddon Tiny Torpedo Dowagiac Lure 360-XRY 2 1/2" long, 2 triple hooks, no booklet, $.79 and $1.19 stickers, James Heddon's Sons, Dowagiac, Michigan
  • Kautzky "Lazy Ike" KL-17 OK orange, 2 1/8" long, 2 triple hooks, with booklet, $1.25 sticker, Kautzky Lazy Ike Co., Fort Dodge, Iowa
  • Arbo-Gaster 1/4 oz. Deep diving--Floating Lure, Red and Yellow 5" long (including 2 1/2" tail), 2 triple hooks, with booklet, unreadable sticker price, Fred Arbogast Company, Inc., 313 W. North Street, Akron, Ohio 44303
Do these fishing lures make you smile? See more photos on eBay.

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FLOWER GARDEN CROCHET COVERLET Hand Made Afghan Throw!

FLOWER GARDEN CROCHET COVERLET Hand Made Afghan Throw! - (eBay item 310005435423 end time Dec-13-07 18:30:00 PST)

This hand-made crochet coverlet has big white granny squares with a three-dimensional flower in each center and ombre yarn joins and border. It's 100% polyester yarn made by my friend who crochets about 60 mph. She usually makes coverlets from whatever yarn colors she has on hand. This blanket, large afghan or throw is shown on a single bed.

This one has a dainty picot edging on the colorful variegated yarn border of green, rose, white, tan and purple. The three-dimensional flowers stand up about an inch high and make the coverlet look like a garden or flower trellis. It's a sweet, homey item to warm up your decor and snuggle up in for a nap or TV watching.

This coverlet is made of polyester worsted-weight yarn and is machine washable.

Can you imagine this bit of hand-crocheted warmth in your home? See more photos on eBay.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

1920s BISQUE DOLL IN PAPER DRESS Scant 7 In Arms Move!

1920s BISQUE DOLL IN PAPER DRESS Scant 7 In Arms Move! - (eBay item 310005405234 end time Dec-12-07 19:42:29 PST)

This vintage bisque doll is four inches tall from head to foot but stands almost seven inches tall because of her long, stiff gathered paper skirt or dress. She has very pale blonde painted hair with a painted blue bow, light brown brows, dark eyes and a dot of red on her mouth. Her upper back is marked, "Made in Japan."

Her movable arms are attached with wire. Her legs with socks and black painted shoes also move. She's none too clean, but I made no attempt to clean her, afraid of damaging her or her paper skirt.

Her skirt might be crepe paper and might have been green originally. It's been gathered with thread in two tiers and has four tiny pink paper flowers. It's stiff enough for her to stand upright even though her feet are far from the skirt bottom. The skirt/dress has two tiny straps which are also age-darkened.

We think this doll is probably from the 1920s as she came to us with another bisque doll that is definitely from the twenties.

Does this tiny old bisque doll make you smile? See more photos on eBay.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

1920s BISQUE DOLL 7-Inch Bare Bottom Cutie in Knit Top!

1920s BISQUE DOLL 7-Inch Bare Bottom Cutie in Knit Top! - (eBay item 310004737747 end time Dec-11-07 18:30:00 PST)

This vintage bisque doll is seven inches tall, blonde, wearing a slinky knit top and nothing else. She still has her arms. Her upper back is marked, "Made in Japan."

Her face is painted in a twenties style with the thin brows, big eyes with lashes painted top and bottom, a tiny bow mouth and her hair is bobbed. She's none too clean. I used a damp cloth on her and it did almost nothing. Perhaps you know how to give her a proper bath.

Her silky little pink knit top has a hole at the bottom front, a smaller hole on her right side and some irregularities at the back.

There's a flaw in the bisque at her ankle and a tiny hole in the bottom of her feet. She has no cracks, crazing or chips and her arms are held in place with a rubber band, I think. They move easily and stay put.

Does this old doll make you smile? See more photos on eBay.

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BLACK MANSERVANT CAST IRON BANK Still Top Hat Old Man!

BLACK MANSERVANT CAST IRON BANK Still Top Hat Old Man! - (eBay item 310005035606 end time Dec-11-07 18:11:43 PST)

This vintage cast iron bank is a five-inch tall balding black manservant dressed in very old-fashioned red coat, white high-collar shirt, yellow pants, yellow tie, and black shoes. He's holding a top hat. I see no maker's mark.

He's a still bank missing a significant amount of finish. The screw holding the front and back halves together has a slot head. I tried to open it in search of a maker's mark, but it didn't budge and I didn't want to force it.

There's no money in it now. The slot is a scant inch wide and won't accept a quarter. Was this bank made before quarters were common change in a kid's pocket?

Does this old bank make you smile? See more photos on eBay.

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Sunday, December 2, 2007

Vintage 12 K GOLD EYE GLASSES Engraved Wire Frame, Case

Vintage 12 K GOLD EYE GLASSES Engraved Wire Frame, Case - (eBay item 310004344028 end time Dec-09-07 19:16:03 PST)

This pair of gold eye glasses feature bifocal lenses and flexible wire temples that wrap around your ears. Engraved on the inside of the temples are the words, "1/10 12 K G.F." There's a small symbol also, but I couldn't make it out. They come in a hard leather case.

The lens width is 45 mm, the lens height is 41 mm, the temples measure 117 mm from the lens to the middle back of the ear piece. The lenses are 24 mm apart and the nose pads are 18 mm apart.

There's a design carved into the temples and the bridge is a plain narrow bar. There's no frame around the lower part of the lenses. Screws through holes in the lenses attach the nose pads and the frame. These glasses are almost weightless.

The coolest thing about this style of eye glass temples is the way the glasses stay on your head even if you turn upside-down. If you're sick of your spectacles falling off, these are for you.

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5 Skeins Rose MAXI-CORD MACRAME CORD 6 mm 500 Yds 4 Lbs - (eBay item 310004025766 end time Dec-08-07 21:45:47 PST)

5 Skeins Rose MAXI-CORD MACRAME CORD 6 mm 500 Yds 4 Lbs - (eBay item 310004025766 end time Dec-08-07 21:45:47 PST)
 

These five skeins are marked, "Polypropylene Maxi-Cord Twisted, High Gloss, Brushes Out, Rose R09, 6mm - 100 Yards - 91 Meters."

Four skeins still have the labels which give instructions for measuring and cutting without fraying, and say, "Plaid Enterprises publishes a complete line of How-To books featuring Maxi-Cord shapes, chairs and accessories to enhance home decor."

I think they're all full skeins even though their weights differ:
  • one with a label weighs 13.9 oz.
  • another with a label weighs 12.9 oz.
  • one with a short tail weighs 12.9 oz.
  • one with a long tail weighs 12.7 oz.
  • the one without a label weighs 12.5 oz.
Altogether there are 4 pounds 2 ounces of macrame fun. Trader Horn wanted $5.19 each, marked them down to $3.47, then unloaded them at 50 cents each.

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